December 30, 2012 – Tourism down the Shore is pumping $38 billion into New Jersey’s economy, according to Gov. Chris Christie. The Republican governor recently made that point in response to a legislative proposal to prohibit Shore municipalities from charging beach access fees if they’ve received federal or state aid to restore beaches damaged by Hurricane Sandy. In a Dec. 19 radio interview, Christie said he still had to evaluate that proposal, and questioned how towns would pay for beach maintenance without charging fees. Those beaches are a key part of tourism at the Shore, which provides $38 billion in economic activity to the state, according to Christie.
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